BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE

Artist Portfolio Reviews

19th August or 20th August 

Artist Portfolio reviews gives budding and/or established fine arts photographers a chance to have their portfolios reviewed by respected international and national photographic and art world experts. This is a wonderful opportunity for photographers and photo media artists, from entry level through to established, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio of work.

We are offering fifteen-minute face-to-face reviews with (4) four reviewers from our selection of industry experts, who will provide you with indispensable insight and advice.

Please find below our reputed Artist Reviewers.

Click on the picture to read more about the reviewer and pick your desired reviewers .

You will be given a chance to select 6 (six) of your preferred reviewers later.

*Please note, we will do our best to accommodate your preferences for reviewers, however this is not guaranteed.

  • Bonnie Rubenstein

    Artistic Director | Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Canada

    Bonnie Rubenstein has been a director at CONTACT since 2002 and is responsible for the Festival’s artistic programming and publications. In 2003 Rubenstein established CONTACT’s public installation program and since then has overseen more than 130 projects by both emerging and established artists from Canada and around the world. Each year she curates several high profile, large scale installations of photographic images in public spaces throughout the city, from street billboards and subway platforms to building façades and architectural spaces. In addition, Rubenstein has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists for the Festival at major museums and galleries throughout Toronto, some of which have toured internationally.

    Bonnie Rubenstein holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied art Education at the Philadelphia College of Art. She previously held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Rubenstein has represented numerous artists and coordinated major public art commissions, monographs and catalogues, and exhibitions in galleries and museums internationally.

  • Bridget Coaker

    Senior Picture Editor | The Guardian | London

    Bridget Coaker is a picture editor based in London, where she works as a senior picture editor for The Guardian and is also Director of Photography for the contemporary photography gallery Troika Editions, which she co-founded in 2008.

    She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Residual Traces at Photofusion, London and in 2009 was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival where she presented the photography of
    European photographers working with the image of the child in Seen But Not Heard and curated the retrospective show of photojournalist and filmmaker John Bulmer.

    In 2011 she joined the steering committee of the FORMAT International Photography Festival and participated in the North East Photography Network Symposium Photography Publishing and the Future of the PhotoBook.

    Bridget has also written about photography including for the online art photography magazine 1000 Words; Photoworks; The Guardian and is a contributing writer for the book Exhibiting Photography published by Focal Press.

    Bridget has been a guest reviewer at international photography festivals including, Photoespania, Spain; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; Contact International Photography Festival, Canada; Fotofest, US, Format International Photography Festival, UK and Rencontres D’Arles, France

    In 2015 Bridget was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Photography, UK.

  • Karen McQuaid

    Senior Curator | The Photographers' Gallery | London

    Karen McQuaid is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, she has an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster under Prof. David Bate.

    She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Claire Aho: Studio Works (2013), Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo (2016). She co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg and Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with Ekow Eshun. Karen has curated external exhibitions such as Simon Roberts, Landscape Studies of a Small Island (2014) at The Moscow House of Photography and Lala Meredith Vula Blood Memory (2015) at The National Gallery of Kosovo.

    As well as working on the exhibition’s programme, Karen has worked extensively on the talks and lecture strands at the gallery in the past. She co-organised the symposium Contemporary Vernacular Photographies with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture in 2011. She inaugurated the FreshFacedandWildEyed graduate programme and Folio Forum reviews while at the gallery, and she is currently working on the Bar Tur First Book Award.

    She is on the board of PhotoIreland Festival and has reviewed portfolios at festivals as diverse as Phototriennale DK, Odense (Denmark); PhotoIreland Festival; Stockholm Photography Week; Daeugu Photo (South Korea); Houston Fotofest and Thessaloniki (Greece).

  • Aaron Bradbrook

    Photographer | Independant Curator

    Aaron Bradbrook is a photographer and curator who received his BA in photography and journalism from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is currently completing his MA in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has received various academic scholarships to study internationally at Arizona State University, USA; Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh and the Universitas of Indonesia, Jakarta.

    As an arts professional he has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Italy), The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth), The Perth Centre For Photography (Perth), Alcaston Art Gallery (Melbourne) and on various curatorial projects including for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (Australia).

    His photography has been awarded The Perth Centre For Photography’s UNCOVER Award recognising new Australian talent. Recent Solo and Group Exhibitions Include The Working Class, Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide (2017); The Working Class, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (Featured Artist 2017); Borderland, Perth Centre For Photography (2013); Convergence, Drik Gallery, Bangladesh (2012); Convergence, Spectrum Project Space, Perth (2012).

  • Cherie McNair

    Director & CEO | Australian Centre for Photography | Sydney

    Cherie McNair, educated in Melbourne, holds an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies, together with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History and Film Studies and a BA in Media Arts. McNair has over fifteen years’ experience in the visual arts sector in Australia and internationally and has delivered major photography exhibitions with institutions and photographers throughout her career. Previous roles have included Head of Exhibitions and Creative Services at the Queensland Museum Network, Head of Exhibitions and Design, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, Project Manager, National and International Partnerships Tate, London, Director of Exhibitions Museum of Architecture (London Festival 2012), Curator/Exhibitions Manager Anthony d’Offay, London, and Project Manager, Contemporary Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Senior Exhibitions Coordinator National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

    She is currently the Director & CEO of the Australian centre for Photography (ACP), Sydney. ACP is the leading institution in Australia dedicated to the art of photography and photo media. Since 1974, the ACP has been a creative force in the cultural life of Australia, presenting the work of our most dynamic and diverse artists. Under McNair’s leadership ACP has embarked on an exciting transition to become a more agile and responsive organisation that actively courts new creative partnerships and avenues for audience engagement both from within and outside the traditional infrastructure for art.

  • Jill Orr

    Independent Artist

    Jill Orr has delighted, shocked and moved audiences through her performance installations which she has presented internationally from the late nineteen seventies to now. Orr’s work centres on issues of the psycho- social and environmental where she draws on land and identities as they are shaped in, on and with the environment be it country or urban locales. Orr grapples with the balance and discord that exists at the heart of relations between the human spirit, art and nature.
    Jill Orr was represented in the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week in 2012 where she presented The Promised Land to international acclaim. She has since been one of ten international performance artists to present at the Bipolar Performance Art Meeting in Sopot, Poland 2014 and she has mesmerized audiences with her work for the MAP Festival, Melaka, Malaysia, 2014.
    Jill is a recent recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship and has completed her latest body of work, Antipodean Epic, that has been developed from site-specific performative photographs and video which culminated as a live performance for the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale in October 2015. In 2016 Jill Orr presented The Antipodean Epic– The Quarry for the Lorne Sculpture Bienniale and the third and final re-imagining was presented in an urban environment for the Belo Horizonte Biennale, Brazil. She will be part of the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, working with Federation University Students.

  • Michelle Mountain

    Program manager & Independent Curator | CCP | Melbourne

    Michelle Mountain is the Program Manager at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. She has a Masters of Art History specializing in South African Photography and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies. Michelle also works as an independent curator; she most recently co-curated What does this one do? at Deakin University Art Gallery in 2016 and is currently curating an exhibition on fashion photography for the 2017 Ballarat International Photo Biennale.

  • Patrice Sharkey

    Director | West Space | Melbourne

    Patrice Sharkey is Director of West Space—a contemporary art space in Melbourne, Australia, that provides an experimental and responsive platform for the development and exhibition of work by emerging and under-represented artists. Key projects at West Space to date include the group exhibition, The Trouble with Remuneration, and Dear Masato, all at once (the only thing that cuts through the species is death) – a solo project commission by Lisa Radford. From 2011 to mid 2015, Patrice was Assistant Curator at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), where she co-curated keynote survey exhibitions that track watershed moments in art throughout the twentieth century (Art as Verb, 2014, and Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, 2015), and coordinated solo projects by acclaimed international artists Fiona Connor and Simon Starling.

  • Richard Ennis

    Curator Exhibition Programs | Incinerator Gallery (MVCC) | Melbourne

    Richard Ennis has over 15 years’ experience working in all facets of the arts industry. After completing postgraduate work in art history, he worked in Melbourne’s auction rooms as Head of Art at Leonard Joel and as an art specialist for Deutscher and Hackett. In 2011 he started as the curator and exhibition programmer at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, a venue owned and run by the City of Moonee Valley. He has spent the last five years developing this venue and creating new audiences for visual art in Melbourne’s North West. He has spent several years on the board of Kings Artist Run in Melbourne’s CBD and he has a passion for working with emerging and midcareer artists.

  • Talia Linz

    Curator | Artspace | Sydney

    Talia Linz has an MA in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto and was the 2013 – 14 Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney. Prior to Artspace she was Executive Producer of Arts and Culture, FBi Radio 94.5FM and Assistant Editor, Art & Australia. Talia has lectured in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto and contributed to publications for the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art & Australia, Runway, The Modern Woman’s Anthology and Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand. She holds a BA in Performance Theory and Practice from the University of Western Sydney and an MA in Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Shaune Lakin

    Senior Curator of Photography | National Gallery of Australia | Canberra

    Shaune Lakin is Senior Curator, Photography, at the National Gallery of Australia. Before returning to NGA in late 2014, Shaune was Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art, in Melbourne. Previous to this, Shaune was Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at NGA and then Senior Curator of Photography at the Australian War Memorial, where he wrote the first major history of Australian conflict photography and was curator of numerous exhibitions. He has written widely on the history of Australian and International photography, with a particular interest in the histories of feminist and avant-garde practices.

    Only Available Saturday 19th August

  • Linsey Gosper

    Gallery Manager & Independent Artist | CCP | Melbourne

    Linsey Gosper is an artist, independent curator and educator, and the gallery manager of Centre for Contemporary Photography. Her business, Strange Neighbour a former contemporary gallery, has a community black and white darkroom for hire and from here she teaches darkroom educational workshops.

    As an artist she works predominately with photography and installation, having recently returned to the black and white darkroom she is continuing her experimentation with the materiality of the photographic medium.

    Linsey’s practice investigates the construction and performativity of identity, gender and sexuality. Her other interests lie in the fields of the Occult and Magick. Linsey recently curated SEX, Juvenilia, The Dreamer Is Still Asleep and The Dark Arts amongst other exhibitions at Strange Neighbour.

    Only Available Sunday 20th August

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